Pregnant Hollyoaks Actress Dies Aged 38

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Pregnant Hollyoaks actress Frankie Hough has died aged 38.

Hough starred as Jess Holt in the popular Channel 4 soap in the early 2000s.

She has also appeared in Merseybeat, Heartbeat, Where the Heart Is and Wire in the Blood.

Tragically, details about Hough’s death have now been revealed.

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Hough was involved in a fatal car crash on May 14 when she stopped on the hard shoulder of the M66 to answer her phone.

Her vehicle was reportedly struck by an out-of-control BMW.

She was driving with her two sons, aged nine and two, and her nephew, aged four.

They were all transported to a hospital and it is believed that two of the children were been put into induced comas.

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Sadly, Hough died in hospital two days after the crash.

More devastatingly, the actress had discovered that she was pregnant with a baby girl just the week before her tragic death.

Hough and her unborn baby were laid to rest on June 9.

Her best friend, Debbie Wright, says the mum was 18 weeks pregnant.

In honour of her friend, Wright has set up a GoFundMe page for Hough’s family ‘in order to help them get through the most traumatic incident they have been through’.

Frankie Hough in Hollyoaks.
Frankie Hough has tragically died at 38 years old. Credit: Mersey Television

At the time of writing, it has received £52,210 in donations.

Her brother-in-law, Arron Welby, has paid tribute, saying (via The Sun): “She was the most amazing person, she had a heart of gold. She was a dedicated, fierce mother and she was a fighter for her kids.

Her co-star, Paul Danan – who played Hough’s boyfriend Sol Patrick in Hollyoaks – has also paid his respects on social media.

He pens: “I just heard the most shocking upsetting news I’ve heard in such a long time.

“Another good good friend who was such a special person has sadly passed away while carrying her unborn baby and her two little boys and nephew who were in the car too.

“They had a terrible car accident.”

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He posted a second post shortly after where he offered his thoughts towards her husband and family.

Danan continues: “My heart and prayers goes out to them and the husband who God knows how he’s coping right now and also her adorable sister’s and parents.

“May we all come together and do what we can to help and support you.

Helen Noble, who played Abby Davies in Hollyoaks, writes on social media: “I’m so sad and sorry we’ve lost Frankie.

“I adored her. I’ll never forget the night I spent partying with her which I think was your leaving party. I can’t believe she is gone. She was such a special person. Sending love to you xxx.”

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.